A Question for Those Offended by the Golden Temple Doormats: Do You Need to Defend the Divine?

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A Question for Those Offended by the Golden Temple Doormats: Do You Need to Defend the Divine?

Illustration: Saachi Mehta/ Arré

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o you watch Game of Thrones? Of course you do, this is Planet Earth, circa 2018. Imagine if there was a trial by combat, and Cersei Lannister stood up to fight in place of The Mountain. Or to take an example closer to home, imagine if ACP Pradyuman on CID tried to “todo” the darwaza instead of Daya. We’d scream at our screens, “What are you doing? Your friend can do the same thing so much better!”

Groupthink tends to stoke the flames of insanity though, as this is exactly what happened yesterday. A US-based Sikh body, the Sikh Coalition, took offence with items such as doormats and rugs featuring the Golden Temple being sold online, and demanded that Amazon prevent their sale. The whole incident was a beat-for-beat replay of an episode that took place two years ago, when people tore into who else but Amazon, for selling doormats with images of Hindu Gods printed on them. #BoycottAmazon trended on Twitter when people expressed their outrage. I guess history does tend to repeat itself.

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